Penang – the island off the northwest coast of the Malaysian Peninsular known for its food, history and culture. Its art scene is pretty lit too, with its street murals painted around the city’s hot spots. George Town Festival 2018 kicks off in early August, time to plan! Need a place to call home for a few days? Here’s #teamCLEO’s Top 3.
Ren i Tang
Waking up in the middle of Little India is really quite beautiful. The sights and sounds wake up the sense with the bustle of the AM hustle infectious, and if you’re on the highest floor, the morning light is a warm glow that streams into your room. (Read: super flattering for selfies). To get to there, you’ll have to brave through several flights of stairs of the old corner shoplot. (The stairs are steep, so pack light… unless you’re willing to lug heavy suitcases up a few storeys.) Little is known about its previous tenants but there are records of the building’s history as a Chinese medical hall that sold traditional remedies. The hotel is cozy and comforting with its rustic, wooden interiors – chill at the communal lounge area which doubles as a café and order a coffee.
#teamCLEO tip: The beauty about staying in Little India is the accessibility (The famous ‘Nasi Kandar Beratur’ is a mere 5-minute walk) but unfortunately, parking is not available at the Ren i Tang. Good thing is, George Town is littered with open parking spaces but get ready to fork up the cash – I paid RM60 a day. Commute here and leave the car at home perhaps?